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Richie Cole fans continue to praise the jazz/bebop artist who is recognized worldwide for the sweet sounds of his alto sax and the creativity behind his Alto Madness Orchestra.

The Alto Madness Orchestra was developed by Richie in the early 90's and its continuing popularity is proof of its uniqueness. “The idea of the Orchestra is the concept and sound of an eighteen-piece big band using only seven instruments, four of which are horns,” explained Richie with pride. “Not only does this have the big band ensemble sound, it also allows us plenty of room for improvisation as if we were in a quartet setting,” he added enthusiastically.

Cole’s ability goes far beyond mesmerizing the audience with his saxophone because he does all the composing and arranging, having amassed over five thousand of the latter. He also finds time to arrange for full big bands and Symphony Orchestras. Jazz Festivals book Cole months in advance and his appearances in clubs assure large audiences.

Richie’s musical mind is always working, and it’s not unusual for him to write five to ten original compositions a day including all the parts for his seven piece band.

Cole and his saxophone, one of three Selmer Paris saxes he uses, travel the world captivating his fans. When he started on the road he used a customized van, now Risë laughed and said, “We travel by all modes, train, plane, automobile, bus, donkey” displaying her hearty sense of humor.

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Discography

Cannonball (Richie Cole)

Cannonball (Richie...

Richie Cole Presents
2018

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Have Yourself An Alto Madness Christmas

Have Yourself An Alto...

Richie Cole Presents
2017

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Latin Lover

Latin Lover

Richie Cole Presents
2017

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Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs

Richie Cole Plays...

Self Produced
2016

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The Man With the Horn

The Man With the Horn

Jazz Excursion Records
2008

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What a Wonderful World

What a Wonderful World

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Come Sunday - My Kind of...

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